Exchange overview

Where are crypto currencies traded?

There are now over 1500 crypto exchanges worldwide. Here we give an overview of the most established providers. The list is not exhaustive and without guarantee. Members of the CVJ.CH editorial staff have traded on the listed exchanges to get an impression.

In the following exchange comparison, we distinguish between traditional exchanges, on which one can buy and trade various crypto-currencies, and derivative exchanges which offer leveraged trading for the most important crypto-currencies. The former are suitable for investors who want to buy crypto-currencies and either transfer them into a wallet or trade in Bitcoins and Altcoins from time to time. Derivatives exchanges are suitable for traders who want to trade short-term and with leverage or derivative instruments. Please note the risks involved.

Traditional crypto exchanges

The exchanges listed below are all established names and are among the largest providers. They are suitable for trading crypto-currencies, or for purchasing them and transferring them to your own wallet.


Börse Kraken
Year of foundation201720122011
Fiat deposit
(Credit card possible)


JurisdictionHK, JPUSUS, EU, UK
Spot Markt
Currency pairs5335394
Margin trading
Insurance Fund
Fees Maker/TakerVolume-based 0.002% – 0.1% (up to 50% less with BNB tokens)Maker: 0.00-0.50%

Taker: 0.04-0.50%

Maker: 0.00-0.16%

Taker: 0.10-0.26%

Affiliate link10 USD from a Bitcoin purchase of 100 USDNo Partner Program
Mobile App iOS
Mobile App Android
Deposit methods
credit card, Paypal, instant, bank transferBank transfer, 3D Secure Card, Ideal/immediatelyBank transfer
CommentCurrently the largest crypto exchange in terms of currency pairs and trading volume. BNB Token reduces trading fees. Futures and margin trading have also recently become available.A traditional and established trading place. Various FIAT deposit options. FDIC depositor protection on cash holdings for US Americans.Established and with availability of various currency pairs. FIAT deposit options.
besides spot trading, margin and futures trading also possible.


Derivatives exchanges

Exchange providers of derivative instruments have specialized in providing leveraged trading of crypto-currencies in the form of futures and option-like instruments. Note the risks involved.

ExchangeBörse Bitmex Börse FTX
Year of foundation201420162017
Fiat Deposit
JurisdictionSYCNLAntigua und Barbadua
Spot market
Currency pairs21645
(option-like instruments)

(leveraged Token)
Margin trading
Insurance Fund
Maker -0.025%

Taker 0.075%

from 0,02 – 0,075%

Maker: 0,01 – 0,02%

Taker: 0,03 – 0,07%

less when using FTX Token

Affiliate link10% discount on fees for the first 6 months10% discount on fees for the first 6 months 5% discount on the fees
Mobile App iOS
Mobile App Android
Deposit methods (EU customers)BitcoinBitcoin, Ethereumdifferent cryptocurrencies
CommentOne of the first derivatives providers in the crypto-universe. Besides classic leveraged futures, option-like instruments are available for trading.An already dominant derivatives exchange. In addition to futures with various maturities on BTC and ETH, classic options contracts are also tradable.A still young supplier with innovative products. Various index futures or leveraged tokens on individual coins are available. Strong liquidity pool in the background and exchange own FTX token.


CFD Provider

CFD providers can offer a wide range of financial instruments for trading. Mostly indices, currencies, shares and crypto-currencies are offered. The purchase usually takes place via the provider and the securities are held in his name. CFD platforms are suitable for traders who want to trade several financial instruments with leverage over one platform.

Year of Foundation20062008
Fiat Ramp
Spot market
Currency pairsmore than 90more than 70
leveraged CFD trading
Optionsfor traditional financial instruments only
Insurance Fund„Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)”
FeesNo fees, but spread costs of 0.75%-3%.  See spreads and trading hours  No fees, but spread costs.
See details
Affiliate link
Mobile App iOS
Mobile App Android
Deposit methods (EU customers)credit card, Paypal, Neteller, Skrill, Webmoney, Yandex, Rapid Transfer, Klarna/immediate transfer, bank transfercredit card, Paypal, Skrill, bank transfer
CommentOne of the largest and best known suppliers. Wide range of tradable instruments. Social trading with “copy possibilities” of the most successful traders.Well known FCA regulated CFD provider. Wide range of tradable instruments. Higher leverage with separate “Pro Account”.


Investments, especially in crypto currencies, are always associated with risk. Especially in leveraged instruments, a total loss of the capital invested cannot be ruled out. Crypto-currencies are very volatile and can therefore be exposed to extreme exchange rate fluctuations within a short period of time.

The deposited partner links lead to savings in trading fees of up to 10% during registration. If necessary, the current savings are pointed out during the registration process. All information without guarantee.